Radwanska's Smooth Ride Into QFs
Published May 08, 2014 12:13
Radwanska overcame three match points in the third set tie-break of her two-hour and 35-minute defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova on Wednesday, so it would be interesting to see if fatigue would be a factor on Thursday against Vinci. She was looking to improve to 7-1 against the Italian and 5-0 on clay. She was also pursuing her 26th match win of the season, which would be second-most on the WTA.
Making her sixth outing in Madrid, Vinci was seeking her first quarterfinal appearance. After a slow start to the season, she won two matches in a row for the first time in 2014 last week in Oeiras and accomplished that feat already again this week with impressive straight set victories over Daniela Hantuchova and No.13 seed Caroline Wozniacki.
The Turning Point
Radwanska jumped on Vinci from the get-go, racing out to a 3-0 lead in a first set she would eventually take, 6-1. And after Vinci held serve to open the second set, Radwanska reeled off six straight games to seal the 57-minute, 6-1, 6-1 rout and to put her a win away from matching her best showing here - a semifinal showing in 2012.
By The Numbers
Radwanska made good on five of six break point opportunities while Vinci failed to convert on the only one she had. That was a far cry from the day before, when she went five-for-five against Wozniacki.
"After playing almost three hours yesterday, I didn't want to do the same thing today," Radwanska said. "So I tried to play aggressive, go for every shot and finish the points as soon as possible. I was playing very well. I expected a tough one because she's a clay court player.
"It's been a very tough draw, starting with Bouchard in the first round. I think it's one of the toughest draws I've ever had, especially with no byes. Every match you play somebody very good at this tournament. I'm very happy that I could play very well and win these three matches already. Hopefully I can keep going."